Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Geek World

It's official. I've attended my first computer convention. I don't know if that makes me a geek tho'. I still can't write XML for shit and I don't know that I ever want to learn Javascript. The only script I wanna write is the kind for movies.

Saturday, April 28th I caught a free charter bus ride courtesy Pogolinux to Bellingham, Wash., the City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham is 15 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. and the air was filled with the sounds of 'oh geez' and 'aye'. There was also rabid talk about MySQL. I just kept wondering: Sequel to what?

Anyhoo, I found the outdoor sculptures at Bellingham Technical College more interesting than endless pics of true geeks standing behind their various tables gushing geekspeak and drooling over the latest Linux distro. ('Distro' = OS or platform).

And I won't talk about how I spent five hours camped out back in RE Lectronics room coercing three Linux geeks into helping me get that damn, cursed Toshiba laptop working. Suffice it to say, in the end, I donated it to RE Lectronics for parts and they are now supposed to set me up with a trade in.

Tho', I think this will involve me renting a car Memorial Day weekend and driving up there to further coerce them into dusting off an old Dell or Compaq laptop and installing Ubuntu on it for me.

My life is so much more care-free and efficient now that computers are in it. I can just smell the chip sets smoking.

Here's some legit pics from Brian Lane of the various vendors/sponsors and ubergeeks.

1 comment:

Jammer said...

So, the Pedantic Geek speaks: "Distro" is short for "distribution", which is kind of like an OS version or a software release, but "distro" is used in more of a generic sense to describe the OS itself.

While you may talk about the Red Hat 5.2 distribution, you may call it the "Red Hat distro" in general. Although "Red Hat" is now Fedora.

Linux, while very cool in a hippie lets-share-our-code sort of way, is still not ready for desktop use.

Also, most people don't "write" XML so much as they write code that uses XML. I think you might mean HTML. But I don't want to learn Javascript either. :)